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CANADA, CHILE, MEXICO AND ARGENTINA CELEBRATE NEW QUALIFIED ATHLETES FOR PARIS 2024

These are Mo Zhang, Paulina Vega, Marcos Madrid and Santiago Lorenzo respectively, who sealed their tickets to the event in France, thanks to their incredible performance at the ITTF Americas Olympic Qualification in the city of Lima. Four more places for the Olympic event are still in dispute.

The city of Lima in Peru is the perfect setting for the last Olympic Table Tennis qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

And in this competition the first 4 direct places for the ring event have already been awarded, with the finals for both men and women singles.

The Canadian Mo Zhang had no problems defeating Eva Brito of the Dominican Republic 4 sets to 0 in 23 minutes and 57 seconds of the match and achieved her fifth consecutive qualification for the Olympic Games.

“I am very happy, since it will be my fifth Olympic Games. My expectations are to do better than my last participation where I finished around 16th place, I think it is my best record. So I’m just fighting for this goal, I don’t know what we’re going to go through,” said the Canadian tennis player.

The Argentine Santiago Lorenzo, only 22 years old, defeated Nikhil Kumar of the United States in the final by 4 sets to 1 and qualified for an Olympic event for the first time in his short career.

“It was my dream since I was a kid. The truth is that I have tremendous happiness. I felt pretty good but all the games were very tight, so it’s good to start now to relax my body a little and hopefully I can enjoy it these next few hours,” said an excited Santiago Lorenzo.

Paulina Vega of Team Chile managed to qualify for her third Olympic Games by defeating Cuban Daniela Fonseca by 4 sets to 2 in an entertaining match that lasted 44 minutes. The Chilean was happy about this result, even more so knowing how difficult this year has been for her, with a fracture in one of her wrists at the beginning of the season.

“I had to fight against everything that had happened to me this year, which started with a broken wrist, which was very hard, but I think I had a very good outcome because I knew I had to take advantage of that as well to be able to take the positive side of everything and be able to Fight every point until the end. I am happy with this classification,” said Paulina Vega.

Marcos Madrid from Mexico won a disputed match against Marcelo Aguirre from Paraguay 4-3 in almost an hour of play. The Mexican thanked and dedicated the victory to his family and especially to his girlfriend.

“This is thanks to the efforts of my family who have supported me throughout my career. Especially financially these last two years have been very heavy. All of that gave me the courage to continue. “I dedicate this victory to my dad and my girlfriend,” said an excited Marcos Madrid after his classification.